Hi I'm Leslie
I am currently a law librarian, residing in North Carolina. I was born in Mississippi, raised in northwest Florida and consider myself a Southerner. However, I have been extremely blessed to live in a variety of different places in the United States, including Utah, New York City, Seattle and Washington D.C. I have also been blessed with the ability to travel and see many beautiful places around the world. I am happiest when I am meeting new people and able to be immersed in a different cultural experience. I also am an avid reader, beach aficianado, and tennis player. My greatest blessing in my life, though, is my family. My parents gave me every opportunity in this world, my two sisters are amazing women with whom I was abe to learn and grow, and I am blessed with a wonderful husband. The great thing is that, although we are all individuals and unique in our own ways, we share the gospel in common and can find happiness in the successes of each other.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I believe in the promise of eternal progression. I love learning, and I know that the gospel is premised on the idea that learning and personal growth is part of a divine plan for all of God's children. And I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Redeemer, who has made it possible for me to be perfected over time, although I am still entirely a work in progress.
How has attending Church services helped you?
When I was nineteen, I did a field study in Tanzania as a part of my undergraduate studies. It was my first prolonged experience in a different country, and arriving in the country, I felt very far from home, overwhelmed, and out of place. My first Sunday there, the two students and professor with whom I was traveling attended a Sacrament Meeting at a small branch in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. Within moments of arriving at the church meeting, I instantly felt at home. The people were warm and welcoming, and forgiving of my halting Swahili that made my conversation abilities less than ideal. Not only did they welcome us instantly, but after church, together with all of the Relief Society Sisters that attended church that day, I piled into a minivan public transportation in Tanzania, to visit a church member in the local hospital who had been ailing due to malaria. With a group of women that three hours before would have been complete strangers to me, we brought a feeling of warmth and home into what could be one of the saddest places on the planet, an underfunded, under-resourced hospital in a large African city. I will never forget that feeling of sisterhood and unity that came on that particular Sunday. It made me feel like the world and all of its heaviness, born of conflict, tragedy, inequality, and general nastiness, can be made lighter by communing with each other and bearing one another's burdens. That is what we have the opportunity to do each Sunday when we meet together and help each other along on our own spiritual journeys.
How I live my faith
I believe that we must serve those with whom we come in contact every day as well as others with whom we may not share close proximity. I enjoy volunteering and working with immigrants to the United States, particularly those in the refugee community from Africa. There are so many great organizations that we can volunteer our time and contribute financially to in order to help others on this earth too! I like teaching at church, and I try to live my faith also by being a good learner. I think it is very important that we welcome every opportunity within our reach to learn both spiritual and secular matters.